NewAcquistions Photography: 2012/18/1 Prototype walking robot, Robug IV, aluminium / plastic / electronic components, designed and made at the University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and the Department of Mechatronics, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, 1995-1999

Sunday STEAM: 2062, the world that AI made with Dr Toby Walsh

Duration: 1 hour
2 December 2018, 2–3pm Powerhouse Museum

2062 is the year by which we will have built machines as intelligent as us. This is what the majority of leading artificial intelligence and robotics experts now predict. But what will this future actually look like? When the quest to build intelligent machines has effectively been successful, how will life on this planet unfold? In this talk, Professor Toby Walsh will consider the impact AI will have on work, war, politics, economics, and even death. Will automation take away jobs? Will robots become conscious and actually take over? How will political institutions adjust to the post-truth, post-privacy digitised world? What lies in store for our children in 2062?​

Toby Walsh is Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61. He was named by the Australian newspaper as a “rock star” of Australia’s digital revolution. Professor Walsh is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives. He has been a leading voice in the discussion about lethal autonomous weapons (aka killer robots) speaking at the UN in New York and Geneva on the topic. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and has authored two books on AI for a general audience, the most recent entitled “2062: The World that AI Made”.

Sunday STEAM

Happening the first Sunday of each month, Sunday STEAM is a talk series exploring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Join us to hear from international and local scientists and researchers transforming our world with creativity and innovation. This series is part of the MAAS Centre for STEAM, a hub that encourages people of all ages to embrace the wonders of STEAM through hands-on innovative experiences and the chance to meet experts in the field.